Professionally-managed local government is good for business.
In February 2011, a study by IBM Global Business Services found that professionally managed cities are nearly 10 percent more efficient than those without professional managers.
Professionally-managed communities provide the environment every business seeks when choosing a place to put down roots and invest:
Consistency: Stable leadership, established decision-making processes, and long-range planning provide the long term consistency necessary for a business and community to thrive.
Quality of life: Professionally-managed communities help businesses attract and retain top talent by creating and maintaining the quality of life employees want in a hometown — affordable housing; safe neighborhoods; good schools; playgrounds and parks; responsive emergency services; access to cultural amenities; and ethical, efficient, effective local government.
Good financial management: Sixty-one percent of the 87 U.S. cities that received Moody’s highest rating (Aaa) in December 2009 operated under the council-manager form of government.
Creating a business-friendly environment pays off for communities:
- Centralia, IL, Manager Grant Kleinhenz and the city council reversed a two-decade trend of population decline and job losses by creating a fund to promote, complement, and enhance economic and business development opportunities throughout the city for industrial, commercial, and residential projects. The city is now known for its business-friendly approach to economic development.
- By making economic development a priority, Oakdale, MN, Administrator Craig Waldron attracted many business parks and redevelopment projects to the city.
- When Rock Hill, SC, Manager David Vehaun set out to make the city more business friendly, he based his initiatives on what he learned from a listening tour with the leaders in the local business and development communities.
Local governments also purchase goods and services from local businesses. In fact, local government purchases of goods and services account for more than $85 billion each year.